When you peruse the aisles of a supermarket, there will always be this one long shelf filled with whitening soaps. For a cosmetic product that claims to do one thing – why have so many of them at once?
Whitening soaps in the Philippines have been all the rage for years. Have you ever wondered how long Likas Papaya’s been on sale? Every single whitening soap that enters the market would always be equipped with one or two unique ingredients that claim to lighten the skin faster than all those other bars of soap.
So if you’re looking for a specific one you’ve been hearing all over the news, chances are that whitening soap is in this list. Here are some of the most popular whitening soaps in the Philippines, at least for the latter part of 2017:
1. Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap
The Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap has been a top favorite among Filipino beauty bloggers. It’s effective because of the natural ingredients inside the soap, like kojic acid, that “inhibit the activity of tyrosinase, the enzyme that produces melanin,” at least that’s what their official website claims. The Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap claims to lighten the skin in just 30 days of regular use.
This soap also doesn’t sting as bad as other whitening soaps and while it might leave your skin dry, it’s nothing a good bottle of moisturizer can’t fix.
Some people have reported that this soap causes breakouts. I would personally suggest using the Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap to treat spot darkening like the underarms and the knees.
2. Kojie San Dream White Anti-Aging Soap
The Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap might leave your skin feeling a little dry. If you’re not a fan of this “side effect,” try the Kojie San Dream White Anti-Aging Soap. This soap does cause a stinging sensation when you leave it on for a few minutes but it does result in brighter skin.
3. Likas Papaya
We have no idea how long Likas Papaya’s been sold here in the Philippines but the fact that it’s been here for so long and even sold abroad proves how much of a fan fave it is. Users of Likas Papaya claim that this soap has always been their top whitening soap since the day they started using it.
4. GlutaMAX Whitening Soap
Word association time. Glutathione? Pampaputi. Some take glutathione pills and even have it injected directly to achieve fairer skin. But for people who are as scared of pills and injections as I am, maybe give the GlutaMAX Whitening Soap a try. It’s effective and won’t dry your skin out as much. It is kind of expensive at P170.
5. Belo Intensive Whitening Bar
The Belo Intensive Whitening Bar is equipped with both kojic acid and tranexamic acid, a substance that whitens hyperpigmentation caused by melasma or any dark patches of skin caused by UV rays. Both substances are completely safe for the skin. Just be wary of the stinging sensation this may cause. Always have a bottle of good moisturizer at bay if your skin gets dry!